Northern California Cleans Up After 6.5 Earthquake

No tsunami danger following Humboldt County temblor
By Marie Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 10, 2010 2:35 PM CST
Northern California Cleans Up After 6.5 Earthquake
Damage to an antique store is seen after an earthquake in Ferndale, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010. The 6.5 magnitude earthquake shook buildings south of the Oregon border and knocked out power.   (AP Photo/Ferndale Enterprise)

(Newser) – Communities in Humboldt County in northern California are cleaning up today after a 6.5-magnitude earthquake rocked the coastal area yesterday afternoon. " It was like the street was breakdancing, " a local resident who was driving when the temblor struck around 4:30pm told the Times-Standard of Eureka, 33 miles from the epicenter. There were numerous reports of power outages and property damage, but no serious injuries and no tsunami warning.

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"It was a monstrous one," a Eurekar restaurateur told the Los Angeles Times. "Usually, they're sharp, but this one was very wiggly." Humboldt County, about 275 miles northeast of San Francisco, enjoys a reputation as "the Napa Valley of weed," Gawker notes. " The pot will be OK no need to start a panic! " tweeted one Humboldt resident.
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